Norovirus, an extremely common and highly contagious virus that causes gastroenteritis, has become a significant concern for cruisers over the past decade because of the nature of the illness, which spreads rapidly when persons occupy close quarters, exactly what occurs aboard a cruise ship. Data, collected over the last five years (2011-2015) from CruiseJunkie.com reveals which cruise lines have had the highest number of Norovirus/gastrointestinal outbreaks. You’ll soon realize that the size of the company’s fleet, as well as the size of the cruise ships themselves have little correlation with which cruise line is most plagued with this scourge.
10. Oceania Cruises
The Miami-based shipping company operates five premium cruise ships which sail internationally, even offering an “Around the World in 180 Days” expedition. Popular Oceania Cruise destinations include the South Pacific and Mediterranean regions. Over the last five years only 4 reported cases of illness have been recorded aboard the ships in the Oceania fleet, with approximately 300 passengers infected with some form of gastrointestinal/Norovirus sickness. No outbreaks were recorded in 2013 or 2014.